The Gulgong Terriers put in a tenacious performance to claim the all important two competition points when they hosted the Gilgandra Panthers at Billy Dunn Oval on Saturday in their Christie and Hood Castlereagh League round 16 clash.
Not for the first time this year the Panthers got away to a flying start, and again, not for the first time this year, they could not maintain the momentum, but credit must be given to the home side who produced a remarkable comeback after trailing 16 points to nil after 25 minutes.
The Terriers' spirit was evident as they fought back to go to the sheds at half time trailing by 10 points with the score board reading 20 to 10 in favour of the visitors, which soon became 20 points to 16 in the opening minute of the second stanza.
From that point on, it was anyone's game as both sides struggled for ascendency before a converted try to Gulgong's industrious hooker, Dan Crane edged the home side in front for the first time in the game with 15 minutes remaining.
Not long after they were in again and stretched their lead out to 28 to 20 which they dourly defended until the Panthers scored with just seconds remaining to make the full time score after an entertaining game 28 to 24.
The win by the Terriers signals that they are well and truly in the premiership race with just two competition rounds remaining.
Meanwhile, Gulgong's league tag ladies put in their best against Gilgandra with two outstanding tries to Emily Kirk and Lolly Tumpey.
Throughout the match, Mel Robinson kicked two for two and converted from the sideline.
Unfortunately for the Terriers ladies, Gilgandra were the better team on the day winning 30-12.
First grade - Gulgong 28 (Dan Crane 2, Mitch McWhirter, Ethan Pegus, Brendan Carter tries, James Morrison 4 goals) defeated Gilgandra 24 (Hayden Smith 3, Luke Ritchie, Cameron Bamblett tries, Brandon Hammond 2 goals).
League tag - Gilgandra 30 (Allira Ashby, Emily Fardell, Tori Canham, Kylie Louie, Crystal Williams, Stevie Smith tries, Shian Chatfield 2, Canham goals) defeated Gulgong 12.
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